Monday, January 28, 2008

The Science Behind the Fiction

I finished reading the latest mags from the BSFA this weekend. As usual some interesting articles, particularly the 2 interviews with figures from the publishing world. There was also a comment about 'hard' SF and how you really need to know the science you're basing your stories on.

So, in line with this, I've been reading How to Fossilise Your Hamster, full of lots of useful science to be tried at home. Among the experiments I've been attempting are:

-Measuring the speed of light using a microwave and a chocolate bar

-Extracting iron from cornflakes

-Breaking spaghetti into three pieces

-Superimposing different coloured images of fish on my retina

Whether any of these will help my writing remains to be seen!

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